the prospect of any betterment in his condition so long as he remained in Kentucky
, he resolved, at last, to leave the State
and seek a more inviting lodgment beyond the Ohio
The assertion made by some of Mr. Lincoln
's biographers, and so often repeated by sentimental writers, that his father left Kentucky
to avoid the sight of or contact with slavery, lacks confirmation.
In all Hardin county
-at that time a large area of territory — there were not over fifty slaves; and it is doubtful if he saw enough of slavery to fill him with the righteous opposition to the institution with which he has so frequently been credited.
Moreover, he never in later years manifested any especial aversion to it.
Having determined on emigrating to Indiana
, he began preparations for removal in the fall of 1816 by building for his use a flat-boat.
Loading it with his tools and other personal effects, including in the invoice, as we are told, four hundred gallons of whiskey, he launched his “crazy craft” on a tributary of Salt creek
known as the Rolling Fork
Along with the current he floated down to the Ohio river
, but his rudely-made vessel, either from the want of experience in its navigator, or because of its ill adaptation to withstand the force and caprices of the currents in the great river, capsized one day, and boat and cargo went to the bottom.
The luckless boatman set to work however, and by dint of great patience and labor succeeded in recovering the tools and the bulk of the whiskey.
Righting his boat, he continued down the river, landing at a